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Rita Marie Schmitz, CSJ, Ph. D.



  • PhD Family and Child Development, Ohio State University
  • MS Home Economics Education, Southern Illinois University
  • BA Home Economics, Fontbonne College

Professional Experiences:

  • Professor of Education, Fontbonne College (now University), 1996-to present.
  • Chairperson, Department of Education/Special Education and Professor of Education, Fontbonne College, 1980-1995.
  • Associate Professor of Home Economics-Early Childhood, Fontbonne College, 1974-80.
  • Assistant Professor of Home Economics-Early Childhood, Fontbonne College, 1974-77.
  • Graduate Assistant, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, 1968-71.
  • Instructor in Home Economics, Fontbonne College, 1968-71.
  • Home Economics Teacher, Salpointe High School, Tucson, Arizona, 1967-68.

Professional Memberships:

  • American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education
  • Missouri Association of Colleges for Teacher Education
  • Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Missouri
  • Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
  • National Association of Multicultural Education
  • Pi Lambda Theta
  • Phi Kappa Phi

Professional and Community Involvement:

  • Member of Board of Trustees, Avila University, Kansas City, MO., 2001-present.
  • Member of Executive Committee, Avila University, 2008-present.
  • Member of Academic Affairs Subcommittee, Avila University, 2001-present; Chair 2008-2011; co-chair 2012.
  • Co-chair of Mission and Identity Committee, Avila University, 2012.
  • Offered a Tai Chi Chih workshop to Fontbonne Students, 2012 and FCC, Feb. 2011 and Washington University students, January, 2011 and 2011.
  • Member of Fontbonne Community Connections, 2010 – present; Activities Committee, 2011-present.
  • Member of CSJ Support Group for Sarah Heger’s Final Vows, 2012.
  • Member of Search Committee for Vice-President for Academic Affairs, 2010.
  • Served as Lecturer and Eucharistic Minister at our Parish and at Fontbonne University. Volunteer at the Fox Theatre, 2001 -present.
  • Member of Committee for Higher Learning Commission, 2008-2010.
  • Participant in a Medaille On-Line Course, 2008-2009.
  • Mentored ten members of the Fontbonne Community for CSJ Association, 2004-present.
  • Volunteer at the Fox Theatre, 2001 -present.
  • Member of CSJ Congregational Selections Committee, 2006-2007.
  • Member of CSJ Heritage Committee, 2005-2008.
  • Coordinator for Assessment of Specialized Valuing Courses, 2005, 2006, 2007.
  • Member of Accreditation Steering Committee, SJI, 2001-2002.
  • Member of Board of Directors, St. Joseph for the Deaf, 1998-2008.
  • Member of Academic Affairs Subcommittee, St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf, September, 1997-2008.
  • NCATE Coordinator, Fontbonne University, 1999-2010.
  • Chair of Teacher Certification Committee, Fontbonne College, 1980-1995; 1998-1999.
  • Member of Advisory Board for Lewis-Clark Summer Institute, 1989-2010.
  • Presenter at National Association for Multicultural Education International Conference, October, 1998.
  • Presenter at Regional Social Studies Conference, May 1998 and March, 2001.
  • Presenter at SRATE Conference, November, 2007.
  • Faculty Moderator of Pi Lambda Theta Honor Society Chapter at Fontbonne University, 1998-present.

Special Achievements:

  • Recipient of Founder’s Award, October, 2010.
  • Recognized for 40 years of Enlightened Service at Fontbonne University, February, 2010.
  • Reflection published in Winter’s Wisdom/ Springtime of the Soul, December, 2010, 2011, and Spring, 2012.
  • Reflection published in Tableaux, 2010 and 2013.
  • Awarded Post-Tenure Review Status, 2009.
  • Recipient of the Fontbonne University Alumni Association Service to the University Award, September, 2007.
  • Submitted Emerson Grant for Culminating Project, Spring Semester, 2006.
  • Recipient of Emerson Excellence in Teaching Award, November, 2005.
  • Recipient of Joan Goostree Stevens Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2004-2005.
  • Wrote NCATE Institutional Report, 2002 and 2008.
  • Full-year Sabbatical granted for July, 1995-June, 1996.
  • Fontbonne’s Education Department Awarded Five Exemplary Ratings by Missouri’s state Department of Education, 1992.
  • Articles on Global Education and on Earth Issues published in CSJ Magazine, Fall, 1990 and Summer, 1998.

Contact Information

Education/Special Education

Fontbonne University
6800 Wydown Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63105
E-mail: rschmitz@fontbonne.edu
Phone: 314-889-1462
Office: East Building, 225